Well, here’s something that might put an end to “Gangnam Style” Mania: South Korean rapper PSY — whose summer smash “Gangnam Style” is the most-watched video in YouTube history — has apologized for performing a song composed of anti-American lyrics.
PSY has attracted the ire of critics after someone exposed his lost single “Dear America,” a revolutionary tale calling for the death of U.S. troops serving in Iraq. The tune was recorded in 2004, shortly after a South Korean missionary was killed by Iraqi insurgents.
“Kill those f**king Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives,” PSY croons.
The song also urges violence against the families of soldiers.
On Friday, amid the controversy, PSY issued a statement apologizing for his remarks. He says the song “was part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two Korean schoolgirls [struck and killed by a U.S. military vehicle] that was part of the overall anti-war sentiment shared by others around the world at that time.”
“I understand the sacrifices American servicemen and women have made to protect freedom and democracy in my country and around the world…While I’m grateful for the freedom to express one’s self, I’ve learned there are limits to what language is appropriate and I’m deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted. I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused by those words. While it’s important that we express our opinions, I deeply regret the inflammatory and inappropriate language I used to do so.”
PSY took the stage at last month’s American Music Awards. He is scheduled to perform alongside Diana Ross and Demi Lovato at next week’s “Christmas in Washington” event, which will also be attended by President Barack Obama.